HUDDERSFIELD’S Tom Sykes insists the sky is the limit after he recorded his best World Superbike finish of the season so far in Qatar.

The 23-year-old graduated to the world stage after finishing fourth in last year’s British Superbike Championship but struggled to two 10th place finishes at the season curtain raiser in Phillip Island two weeks ago.

But the Yamaha Motor Italia rider put his Australian failure behind him, roaring into form in the Middle East, finishing seventh in race one before improving to fifth to move to sixth in the overall standings.

The Huddersfield flier, who now has 32 championship points, believes the only way is up after his showing at the Losail circuit.

“I am very much enjoying things on the world stage,” said Sykes.

“I am very pleased with the team and the attitude they have.

“Most of the tracks are really new and a lot different to the British circuits and you have to adapt and learn things quickly.

“I had never ever been to the track in Qatar before so it took a while to adjust to things.

“I always believed I could be finishing minimum top five or six and I personally believe that I can be pushing for podiums and race wins.

“It is refreshing to know that the bike is firing and I want to kick start things now. I would have liked to have been a bit closer to the front in Australia but things have all come together now.”

Sykes’ teammate Ben Spies grabbed a spectacular double in Qatar, with Noriyuki Haga and Max Biaggi finishing second and third respectively in both races.

And Sykes – who was handed his dream ticket to the World Superbikes after finishing second as a wildcard at Donington Park – admitted he has been inspired by Spies’ heroics.

“I have always wanted to be part of the World Superbike scene – Ben did really well out there and I am loving every minute of it at the moment,” said Sykes, who will travel to Valencia for round three on Sunday, April 5.

“It is nice to go to places where the temperature is in the 20s or 30s and I don’t mind the travelling side of things.

“Socially everyone is really friendly and although it is a whole new experience and is hard work I am really enjoying it.”

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